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[fri-vol-i-tee] /frɪˈvɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural frivolities for 2.
the quality or state of being frivolous:
the frivolity of Mardi Gras.
a frivolous act or thing:
It was a frivolity he had a hard time living down.
Origin of frivolity
1790-1800; < French frivolité. See frivolous, -ity
Can be confused
frivolity, frivolousness.
1. self-indulgence, irresponsibility, triviality, abandon, levity, foolishness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for frivolities
  • We want to enjoy all of the famed colleges and their traditions and frivolities.
  • Oh, do not interrupt with these frivolities, father.
  • Chatting about frivolities still has a major role in getting another into bed.
  • So, generally speaking, conversations are apt to be lacking in gratuitous frivolities and cut to the nitty gritty.
  • Opulence and the frivolities of fashion were not shunned but celebrated.
  • In the markets and shops, they purchased necessities and frivolities.
Word Origin and History for frivolities



1796, from French frivolité, from Old French frivole "frivolous," from Latin frivolus (see frivolous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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